Castroux, France, 1939. In a bare farmhouse above the village, Oriane lives in desperate poverty. When the Germans invade, her simple world crumbles. Passions erupt, moral boundaries break down , and rebellion is soon in the air. Castroux, France, 2000. In an idyllic gîte overlooking the river, Claudia sunbathes on the terrace. She’s pregnant, trapped, and terrified of the future. She confides only in a reclusive neighbour, Oriane, and discovers that she too carried a shameful secret. The house with blue shutters: a place that has witnessed the horrors of wartime, the petty concerns of peacetime, and the secrets that binds past and present. A place where history echoes off every wall…
©2010 Lisa Hilton (P)2011 Soundings
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